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Behrendt, M.G. 2020. Population Demographics: Predictors of the Relationship Between Alcohol Use Disorder and Major Depression. Undergraduate Honors Thesis. University of Nebraska-Lincoln.


Copyright Mei Grace Behrendt 2020.


This thesis examines both biological and social explanations of alcohol use disorder (AUD) and major depression (MD) through a thorough review of current literature. Using multiple logistic regression analyses exploring the sociodemographic and alcohol use factors that contribute to reporting of major depression symptoms with data from the 2017 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, this thesis demonstrates how there are health disparities that exist among different demographic populations. Specifically, certain demographic characteristics such as racial or ethnic identity, gender, and socioeconomic status may contribute to increased risk of developing and reporting episodes of lifetime and past year major depression. This thesis also examines current substance use treatment and intervention programs and concludes with the argument that a holistic intervention addressing the biological, psychological, and social consequences and factors contributing to MD and AUD is not only important but also necessary.

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